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Ref-Chem Achieves Associated Builders and Contractors Diamond-Level Certification


Ref-Chem Achieves Associated Builders and Contractors Diamond-Level Certification

Designation Demonstrates Leadership, Commitment in 25 Key Safety Components

HOUSTON, Texas (Sept 14, 2020) — Demonstrating safety leadership and a cultural commitment to safety performance, Ref-Chem has achieved the Diamond level of the Associated Builders and Contractors STEP Safety Management System.

“Safety is an intrinsic value for us,” says Jeff W. Rashall, president of Ref-Chem. “It’s in our DNA. While the diamond certification is a great honor for us, our work is never done when it comes to safety. We always know that we can be safer still, with a mission to be the safest, without question, in our class.”

STEP applicants measure their safety processes and policies on 25 key components through a detailed questionnaire with the goal of implementing or enhancing safety programs that reduce jobsite incidents. To reach Diamond certification — the highest certification that can be achieved — companies must meet benchmarks in several safety metrics, including Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) and Experience Modification Rate (EMR).

Participating companies score their level of achievement for each component on a weighted point scale and document their incident rates to receive their recognition level.

“An industry-wide commitment to total human health is essential to ensure both the physical and mental health and safety of our workforce,” said Greg Sizemore, ABC vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development. “As a STEP participant, Ref-Chem leadership has demonstrated a commitment to create the conditions for all to do their work without incident. By implementing proactive safety measures, such as emergency preparedness plans and a sound personal protective equipment policy, Ref-Chem is committed to consistently raising the bar when it comes to safety performance.”

Ref-Chem has enhanced its safety program through its promotion of Safety Fundamentals, a company culture program that highlights and reinforces important safety principles on the jobsite and at home. Further, Ref-Chem ranked as one of the safest contractors in the country in 2019 with a TRIR of .42 and EMR of .57 across nearly 2 million total working hours.

About Ref-Chem

Established in 1957, Ref-Chem, a wholly owned subsidiary of Burns & McDonnell, is a heavy industrial construction and maintenance contractor. Headquartered in Houston and Odessa, Texas, Ref-Chem is 100% employee-owned and works with more than 1,000 open-shop craftsmen around the country. For more information, visit

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies bringing together an unmatched team of 7,600 engineers, construction professionals, architects, planners, technologists and scientists to design and build our critical infrastructure. With an integrated construction and design mindset, we offer full-service capabilities with more than 55 offices, globally. Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned company and proud to be on Fortune’s 2020 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. Learn how we are on call through it all.

Ref-Chem Announces Trio of Board of Directors Promotions

President Jeff W. Rashall Appointed Board Chairman, Jeff Allen and Crystal Spoor to Serve as Board Members

HOUSTON, Texas (June 22, 2020) — Ref-Chem, a Burns & McDonnell company, has named President Jeff W. Rashall chairman of its board of directors and appointed employee-owners Jeff Allen and Crystal Spoor to serve as board members. The three individuals will guide strategic and organizational planning to support the mission and continued growth of the 100% employee-owned industrial construction and maintenance company.

“For more than 60 years, Ref-Chem has upheld a strong reputation for delivering quality projects throughout the construction industry,” says Ray Kowalik, chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell. “Ref-Chem’s differentiator is its flexibility and responsiveness to see that client needs are not only met but exceeded, from contract strategies to methods of execution. Guided by the visionary leadership of these three board members, I look forward to seeing the company’s continued growth and momentum as part of the Burns & McDonnell family, helping our clients succeed nationwide.”

Beginning his career at Ref-Chem in 1997 as a project engineer, Rashall has since progressed through a variety of leadership roles throughout the past two decades and was named Ref-Chem president in 2018. Under his leadership, Ref-Chem continues to exceed corporate goals while implementing new technology, procedures and advancements to produce top-quality services.

Joining Rashall on the board of directors are two leaders of major business groups for Burns & McDonnell and Ref-Chem:

Allen is vice president and regional Construction/Design-Build (CDB) Group leader for Burns & McDonnell in Houston. He joined the firm in 2011 and now has more than two decades of experience in project management, procurement, project controls, field services and support for engineer-procure-construct (EPC) and program management projects. Allen leads the Houston CDB team in executing a wide range of EPC projects for utility, industrial, municipal, and renewable energy clients.

With nearly 20 years of experience in financial management, Spoor serves as executive vice president and treasurer for Ref-Chem. From 2014 to 2019, she conducted financial planning and analysis for Burns & McDonnell in the firm’s largest revenue-producing region. Prior to joining Ref-Chem and Burns & McDonnell, Spoor started her career with one of the Big Four accounting organizations before transitioning to lead accounting teams in North America, Europe and Asia for public companies.

As a premier heavy industrial services contractor, Ref-Chem teams with Burns & McDonnell to self-perform projects in the oil and gas, chemicals, foods, power generation, and transmission and distribution markets.

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About Ref-Chem Established in 1957, Ref-Chem, a wholly owned subsidiary of Burns & McDonnell, is a heavy industrial construction and maintenance contractor. Headquartered in Houston and Odessa, Texas, Ref-Chem is 100% employee-owned and works with more than 1,000 open-shop craftsmen around the country. For more information, visit

Ref-Chem Receives Pinnacle Award from Associated Builders and Contractors

HOUSTON, Texas (April 30, 2020) — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has honored Ref-Chem with the Pinnacle Award, the highest-tier award in ABC’s National Safety Excellence Award program recognizing excellence in construction safety.

The award winners were selected from ABC member firms that achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold status in ABC’s STEP Safety Management System in 2019. During the selection process, contractors were judged on self-evaluation scores, lost workday case rates, total recordable incident rates, leading indicator use, process and program innovations, and video interviews conducted by members of ABC’s National Safety and Health Committee.

2019 ABC Pinnacle Safety Award News Release

How We’re Responding to the Coronavirus

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“In a time of international crisis, critical infrastructure across the United States and around the world is being tested as never before. So are traditional approaches. Amid unprecedented challenges, Ref-Chem is maintaining its commitment to making clients successful through robust, highly adaptive support services.

Built to Endure

Manufacturers, heavy industry, utilities and more work to design, build, operate and maintain the systems and facilities that keep us all safe, strong and connected. We are proud to partner with many of them to help achieve their objectives. As the coronavirus pandemic changes the way people live and work in the near term, there is a powerful need to maintain the systems and vital infrastructure that will get us all through this disruption, keep the world moving and empower us all going forward.”

“Our dedicated employees, whether from home or the field, are working hard to continue supporting our clients in their essential labors. Here is a glimpse of how we are safeguarding our people and our communities while maintaining the robust support services for which we are known.

Safe and Secure

Safety is a core value at Ref-Chem. Our executive leadership and crisis response team stay on top of ever-evolving guidance and provide clear instructions to our workforce.”

“While a majority of our workforce has been instructed to work from home, utilizing technology tools that reliably protect and deliver necessary data, we also have a strong core of field professionals, many of whom remain on job sites to complete projects that our clients are depending on.”

“Our personnel in the field continue to take care with all safety and health practices and use of proper personal protective equipment. This care is now enhanced with even closer attention paid to social distancing and cleanliness procedures. We acknowledge and appreciate the sacrifice these colleagues are making by remaining on-site. Their dedication to successfully completing projects because our clients are depending on them is an inspiration.

For Our Clients, Colleagues and Communities

As part of a 100% employee-owned firm, each of us takes an ownership interest in the success and well-being of our colleagues. Wherever possible, our employees have been asked to work from home and take protective measures in alignment with governmental guidance. They are empowered to make the smart decisions that form the backbone of our nimble, continuous service.”

“We know we are all in this together. We remain available and fully committed to providing the experience-based insights that deliver safe, efficient and cost-effective solutions for our clients and the communities in which we live and work. We will be a steady hand in tenuous times.”

Jeff W. Rashall to Take Top Spot at Ref-Chem

CEO S C “Trey” Myers Will Retire in April

HOUSTON, Texas (March 10, 2020) — Jeff W. Rashall, who has risen through the ranks of Ref-Chem since he started at the heavy industrial construction company in 1997, will take over for retiring Chief Executive Officer S C “Trey” Myers in April.

After partnering with Ref-Chem on several projects, Burns & McDonnell purchased the construction company in 2018, becoming part of its family of companies.

“As a 23-year veteran of Ref-Chem, Jeff has grown up there,” says Ray Kowalik, president and CEO of Burns & McDonnell. “Our future is very bright with Jeff. And Trey was critical to our transition when we purchased Ref-Chem in 2018. A heartfelt congratulations goes out to both men.”

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